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Kinross House Estate stretches over 4000 acres of woodland, beautifully landscaped gardens and extends to Loch Leven on which stands the private Loch Leven Castle Island, famous for being the island where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in the 1560s. There is an abundance of options to host sporting activities either on the Estate or further afield, or to enjoy sightseeing around many famous Scottish landmarks.
St Serf's Priory was originally a Culdee establishment, supposedly founded before AD 843. About AD 1150 King David granted the island to the Augustinian Canons and the Culdees were absorbed or expelled. In 1580 the priory was given to St Leonard's College, St Andrews.
The remains represent the oblong chamber of a 12th century church with traces of an archway in each end wall. The one to the east giving access to a chancel, proved by excavation to have been rectangular, and the one to the west to a tower or nave. The building has been converted into a fishing hut or bothy.
Part of the wider Estate, St Serfs can be reached by boat just beyond Loch Leven Castle Island.
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The gardens at Kinross House are a continually changing place of contemplation and beauty. Serenity surrounds you as you look across the natural woodland and manicured hedgerows; you cannot help but be immersed in this special place.
These immaculate gardens provide the setting for lunches, picnics, peaceful afternoons and relaxed walks. It also provides a stunning backdrop for marquees, BBQs and an array of on-site activities.Explore Activities